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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Soundview artist: Davis Coen - These Things Shall Pass - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, These Things Shall Pass, from Davis Coen and it's quite good. Mississippi based Coen, decided to put together a spiritual based release and this one is exceptional. Opening with Willie Banks and the Messengers' Working For Jesus, Coen shows an exceptional feel for R&B style backed by Patrick McClary and Ryan Rogers on drums. With a country flavor, Stand By You is a cool track with smart vocals and lush steel guitar riffs. Pop rocker, Diamonds In Your Back Yard, has a simple melody, a catchy hook and warm vocal blending. A cool radio track. Saint Christopher has a real nice New Orleans kind of feel with great piano lines and vocal pairing. On the traditional, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, Coen plays it pretty much by the book but with a nice rhythm acoustic guitar and sweet slide echoes. Very nice. One of my favorites on the release, Shifting The Tide, has a strong soul feel and Coen's vocals are dynamic. Acoustic piano gives the track a real earthiness and warm backing vocals cement the deal. Excellent!
Jesus' Hand has a great revival feel, backed by McClary on vocal and a snappy drum line by Rogers. Another R&B style track, Lord, Let Me Do Right is particularly nice with arpeggiated chords and sweet vocals. The most direct gospel track, You Are The Onliest (God I Know) moderate guitar work but mostly acoustic piano cementing this track firmly on the ground. Very nice. Country blues (and title) track, These Things Will Pass, previously covered by Hank Snow and Johnny Cash is extremely effective. Super solid track. Wrapping the release is the traditional, Old Rugged Cross. Coen sells this track like it's his own with acoustic guitar and mandolin adornment and accompaniment. A really strong closer to a particularly strong release.

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